Hollywood star Josh Brolin says he had more fun in playing villainous Thanos in the last two Avengers films while his role of Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’ felt harder despite being funny. During an interview with James and Roger Deakins on this week’s episode of the Team Deakins podcast, Brolin said acting in ‘Deadpool 2’ felt like “more of a business transaction” as he had to tailor his performance to suit the specific comedic tone of the franchise.
Thanos, with his obsession for balance in the universe, on the other hand, gave him more room to experiment. “I mentioned Brando in Apocalypse Now, this guy who is very elusive and insane but what he is saying makes sense and is poetical,” Brolin said. “
I started seeing the parallel which I liked for me. I loved being able to resort to a film like Apocalypse Now when I was doing something like ‘Avengers’.” Though Brolin’s Thanos was created with the help of the motion capture technology, to the actor it felt like he was tapping into someone who felt like a “real guy.” “This is not a big purple guy, this is a guy with insides and cells and feelings. Then it became fun. To me, it was like going to do 1970s black box Theater in New York. You totally resort to your imagination. It is absolutely behavioral, if not more, than other movies,” the actor said.